By on March 11, 2021

Maybach

Yesterday, Maybach heralded the arrival of the S 580, with the type of announcement you’d expect if you started at $184,900, or roughly 69 percent of the $269,039 median home price nationwide, according to Zillow.com.

Considering that Beverly Hills, California is the only place in the U.S. where I’ve seen more Maybachs on the street than in a dealership, maybe comparing the cost of the new S 580 to that of the median home price across the country is a little unfair. No, if we take the median home price in the 90077 zip code, that of Bel Air, California, at $2.225 million, that’s only 8.3 percent. This is less than when you take the average price paid for a 2020 Toyota Tacoma, $27,895 according to CarGurus, compared to the national median home price of $269,039, which would be 10.36 percent.

Now that we have the 2021 Maybach S 580 in proper perspective at the level for which it was intended, it seems like something of a bargain. Consider that you get all the technology of a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz, plus the allure and status that the Maybach nameplate implies. As you’d expect, most of the information on the Maybach is centered on how it feels and the experience it delivers. We’ll get to that in a moment, after discussing what drives the S 580.

First, the Maybach S 580 4MATIC has a mild-hybrid-drive, 48-volt electrified 496 horsepower, 516 lb-ft/torque biturbo V8 engine, with Airmatic air suspension. There’s what Mercedes refers to as counter-phased sound waves to reduce low-frequency noise and a new dynamic select mode for the Maybach that provides smoother acceleration. Rear-axle steering with up to 10 degrees of steering angle improves maneuverability in the narrow, back alleys of Beverly Hills, and at low speeds much like that of a compact car.

If the yardstick by which every vehicle is judged is the size of their multimedia touch screen, then the Maybach’s 12.8-inch OLED display in the center console, and five screens in the front and rear, are indicative of leadership. Mercedes-Benz User Experience’s (MBUX) second-generation infotainment system debuts on the Maybach, with individual profiles accessible through biometric, fingerprint authentication. A bit too over-the-top even for a James Bond film? Speakers integrated into the front seats allow only the driver to hear navigation instructions, an otherwise-odious distraction for anyone along for the ride. Active ambient lighting is used to support driver assistance systems, or to acknowledge the MBUX user.

With 30 speakers and eight resonators, the Burmester 4D surround sound system goes beyond a three-dimensional listening experience to achieve 4D sound.  In addition to music reproduction, the 4D sound is used to create an even more intense, emotional connection when paired with the standard energizing comfort system.

Last but not least, new rear-seat airbags can reduce the impact on the head and neck of outer-rear passengers in the event of a frontal collision. The 2021 Maybach S 580 is a 2021 model that actually arrives in 2021, sometime around mid-year.

[Image: Maybach]

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36 Comments on “2021 Maybach S 580 Tips the Scales at $184,900...”


  • avatar
    Urlik

    …..or you can spend $111,000 on a fully loaded Grand Wagoneer. Rotflmao

  • avatar
    slavuta

    $184,900… phew… How much those paper money will worth in a few months? May be better buy this

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      “How much those paper money will worth in a few months? ”

      Probably a good time to get a ticket back to Donetsk, Kyiv, Moscow, or wherever before the prices go up since you obviously don’t like it here.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        @mcs… Thank-you :)

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        What makes you think he’s not there now?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @mcs:

        If he’s broke, I say we start a pool to buy him a one-way ticket back. I’m good for twenty bucks.

        Also, let’s send him to China, not Russia, where I predict he changes his “Biden is a fascist dictator” nonsense in about six minutes and twenty seconds.

        • 0 avatar
          SatelliteView

          Wow!!! Racism galore. How about you let me know who your employer is, or, if self-employed who your suppliers are. Let’s see how quickly you’ll lose your livelihood once I let them know you’re running your mouth about sending someone back to a 3rd world country.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            SatelliteView: Well, товарищ, he seems to be missing his home country and I was just offering some money-saving travel tips. If you’d like to talk to my customers, post your contact information and security credentials and I’m sure they’d be happy to contact you directly. The primary customer is a governmental entity charged with interfacing with adversaries to the US. I develop advanced products that facilitate interaction with those adversaries. They also have an interest in adversaries that attack the US by posting misinformation on web sites.

            Perhaps you could be helpful to those of us that have not yet achieved your level of “wokeness” and explain to our institutionalized-racism-addled brains as to where I’ve gone wrong with my statements. I gave him the exact advice I give myself when I’m not happy with a situation.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike Beranek

      Paper? I haven’t seen paper money in years. Money is ones and zeroes.

  • avatar
    mcs

    Well, the Koenigsegg Gemera is 1.7 million, the Pagani Huayra 2.6 million, Lotus Evija 2.1 million. and the Aston Martin Vulcan is 2.3 million. At the lower end, there’s the Rolls Royce Phantom at 455,000 and the Bentley Mulsanne starts at $313k. In some circles, Even the Taycan can run over 200k. 184k is nothing these days.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Here is a walkthrough of the “4D” sound system:
    https://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Multi-dimensional-musical-enjoyment.xhtml?oid=47165952

    Jason, you are correct that this vehicle is a relative bargain.

    If I ever find the password to the Bitcoin I didn’t purchase, I’m going to show you all a thing or two…
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/technology/bitcoin-passwords-wallets-fortunes.html

  • avatar
    NeilM

    “Yesterday, Maybach heralded the arrival of the S 580, with the type of announcement you’d expect if you started at $184,900, or roughly 69 percent of the $269,039 median home price nationwide”

    Hey, you can sleep in your car, but you can’t drive your house.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Compared to that stuck-in-the-mud TRX we’ve seen around here lately, at twice the price this S-580 is the better value. You’ll arrive with lower blood pressure and more impressed friends.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Dumb question: Does Maybach not realize that sedans are passé and you can charge a lot more for an SUV? (The Maybach GLS [“The new height of luxury”] has a lower starting price than the Maybach S-Class.)

    https://www.mbusa.com/en/vehicles/build

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I just can’t get past those chrome pillars. And then the Chinese market paint combinations are the cherry on top.

    Make one of these in somber Teutonic silver with black trim and a black interior and maybe I’d be as into it as I am with most luxury sedans.

  • avatar
    wolfwagen

    A few more pictures would have been nice especially of the interior. But no keep room for the stupid Lexus ad that everyone hates

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I hate it less now, but probably not a bad idea to switch up the videos so people don’t grow to hate the car that’s in them.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I vote for videos of women playing beach volleyball. Have them then retire to a fleet of brand new cars to fulfill the automotive mission. That should engender some goodwill.

  • avatar
    Mike Beranek

    Is this the ultimate sedan ever made? Seems like it to me.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      It would be impossible for me to give that title to anything with less than 12 cylinders.

      The Phantom is probably it.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      My Volvo already achieved this feat thirty years ago :D

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      If it was, MB would offer it in more toned down livery. And would sell it under their own name.

      Much of the tech is the same across both, but automobiles are now such mature tech, that “ultimate” won’t be, unless it extends to all facets of the car.

      Which precludes weird shapes (like names) concocted to sorta-kinda invoke contraptions from an era still enamored with horse drawn carriages.

      Audi, MB and Mercedes all release what they consider their functionally “best” large, luxury cars, as the A8, 7 and S. Above that (pricewise), they’re adding bling, but simultaneously losing something. That Bling; and the statement it makes sitting there, not when driven (nor even chauffeured); is the whole point of these things.

      Toyota is a bit different (at least partially because speed limits over there are capped out at the walking pace of the average Japanese octogenarian…): The Century probably still is assembled and honed and blueprinted to a level even above the LS. But more just because they, and more importantly nobody else, can; and because that sort of sentiment is what made Japanese enterprise, hence the execs which are the Century’s market, what it is; than for any pragmatic reason. It’s not as if the LS, in practice, suffers from shoddy workmanship, nor tolerance stacking, after all.

      Either way, the A8, 7, S and LS, are where it’s at for the objectively “best” in this class of car. Not weirdo contraptions meant to evoke pre-WW2 British toffs and great Fuhrers.

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        @stuki, very thoughtful post.

        I would like to nominate the VW Phaeton (available with 12 cylinders). Excerpt from the wikipedia entry:

        “Initial development of the Phaeton, given the internal project code VW611, began with Piëch giving his engineers a list of ten parameters the car needed to fulfill. Most of these specifications were not made known to the public, but a number of them were told to automotive reporters.

        “One of them was that the Phaeton should be capable of being driven all day at 300 km/h (186 mph) with an exterior temperature of 50 °C (122 °F) whilst maintaining the interior temperature at 22 °C (72 °F).[9] Piëch requested this even though the Phaeton’s top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph).[6] Another requirement was that the car should possess torsional rigidity of 37,000 N·m/degree.”

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Another car for people for more money than taste. Bleaaaach.

    It doesn’t say “wealthy” me to me – it says “21-year-old point guard who just got a signing bonus and is going to be broke within two years of retirement”.

    Put this in a pit with a Cullinan, fill the pit with gas, light a match, and see which one explodes first.

  • avatar

    Maybach was very popular in Russia in certain circles, in other words for nouveau-riches in gas and oil exporting countries. It is not made for European consumption. Too big and obnoxious for that.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      @ Inside Looking Out Sir, the irony of your “for nouveau-riches in gas and oil exporting countries”. Like yours. Yet poor internet trolls like you like you schlepp around St. Petersburg in your Skodas. Then you imply that Russia isn’t a European country. I know we get the B-team trolls on a dinky car site like this but jeez Louise keep this up and you won’t get new kneepads.

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